Friday, December 31, 2010

Good Bye 2010, Hello 2011

As the new year blossoms, may the journey of your life be fragrant with new opportunities, your days be bright with new hopes and your heart be happy with love! Happy New Year! - Anonymous

Monday, December 27, 2010

That'll Do !

Look at the gorgeous skeins of alpaca wool that I won from Andrea in Ohio of That'll Do Farm. I don't remember how I found Andrea's blog site, but I did take serious note of her name of her farm.

A friend of ours from Nova Scotia had a grandmother who used to use the phrase.."that'll do" all the time and we now have made it part of our vocabulary from time to time.

Thanks Andrea, your wool will find a nice home here in Newfoundland!

The Day Before

How fast time goes and now, it is the day before returning to the Day Job. Where did the week go? Oh yes, shopping, cleaning, visiting, eating, eating some more and of course, hooking!

Right now, we are getting some snow from the Nor'Easter that hit NY city and points south, but it was truly a green Christmas which doesn't happen very often. And today's snow, will be followed by rain. It could be a mess for the drive into work tomorrow. Oh well, thank goodness it is a short week and I am off again on Friday!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to All!

The good thing about living in Newfoundland is that we don't have to be politically correct and wish each other generic, non-sectarian greetings like Happy Holidays. Nor do we have to call a Christmas tree, a holiday tree.

I am enjoying the time off work and out of the stores. I also received a nice little gift of three books; two hooking books and one, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Thanks to Deanne's new book, I have learned that even the most challenged artist, can be taught to draw. Well, at least, that's the plan.

Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

So this is Christmas?

Right now, it is blowing hard and my little house on the side of a mountain overlooking the Bay of Islands is holding tight. I am off the rest of the week, having to use up the last of my outstanding vacation days. The old use it or lose it corporate mandate; so I am using it!

I didn't take these pictures but borrowed them from other people in the Corner Brook area. But as they say, a picture says a thousand words and these speak volumes on our weather. It is a bit frightening to say the least. We are either going to have another great (snowless) winter or we are in for a big dump in February.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas in the Harbour

This is certainly not Christmas 2010 as it is green in Newfoundland. The warmer than usual waters of the North Atlantic are keeping this province warm, windy and snow free.

While all around us, people are suffering one of the worst starts to winter 2010. My dear Mom has used her snowblower more this year than all of last year.

I have been hooking and today is the final meeting of our little hooking group until the new year! I hope to have some pictures soon to show you how well they have done.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Climate Change!

We must be experiencing the dawn of climate change. It has been mild and not one snowflake in sight. Not only has it been mild enough to wear spring coats, my garden feels like it is going to spring to life once again.

No wonder I love pansies! One hearty little pansy soul has come to life, transplanted by the wind along the borden of the garden. We all have our fingers crossed that the mild weather will continue!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Where in the World ... Gail? She has immigrated to the Bay of Islands and here she is protecting our harbour.

On my trip to the Mainland in November, I was able to spend some Christmas time with my dear mother. As we were packing, she kept saying, don't forget Gail? I thought she had lost it but soon enough the mystery was revealed.

Gail is one of her Christmas nutcrackers that she wanted me to take along to the island. And her name is Gail for a reason known to all Coronation Street fans.

Don't you think she looks like Gail Platt?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Come Dine With Me Canada

I started watching Come Dine With Me (UK) and loved it. It was with anticipation that I waited to see Come Dine With Me (Canada) only to be sorely disappointed. It is horrible and I am not sure why?

No accents? Could be that the Toronto twang is affecting my enjoyment after spending some years in Ontario?

Not too boozy? Could be I have grown used to the UKs snockered dinner parties and miss the fun of drunken guests?

Terms of Endearment? Could be as I have now grown used to such terms as starter, main and pudding etc?

Recipes? The Canadian menus have been boring and one served a gazpacho as the main last night?

Whatever it is, I hope W channel puts back on the Come Dine With Me (UK).